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So, there's no military solution to terror?

By Michael Freund
5/19/2009, 12:00 AM


Guess what? Sri Lanka just defeated terror militarily.
One of the primary assumptions of the Left went up in smoke yesterday, but don't expect to hear too much about it in the mainstream press.

For years, the Left has drummed it into our heads that "there is no military solution" to terror, hence Israel has no choice but to negotiate with those seeking our destruction.

But on the island nation of Sri Lanka, off the coast of India, the government there just succeeded in proving how wrong the Left is.

After a quarter-century long campaign of terror waged by a group called the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the government crushed the terrorists once and for all, with Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rakapaksa triumphantly telling his people they were at long last "liberated from separatist terror".

The head of the LTTE, a murderous thug named Velupillai Prabhakaran, was found dead on the battlefield along with his top cronies, bringing an end to his attempt to carve out an independent Tamil state.

In effect, Sri Lanka defied the critics and the naysayers, rolled up its sleeves and fought to free its people from the grip of the terrorists. Of course, had they listened to the likes of Israel's Left, and followed its policy prescriptions, they would likely have capitulated to the terrorists long ago. Now, however, the people of Sri Lanka can look forward to a future free of suicide bombings, massacres of civilians and other terrorist outrages.

So the next time someone repeats the mantra and tells you: "But there is no military solution", just point them in the direction of the Indian Ocean and tell them to look at Sri Lanka.